Switch to a vegan diet and become enlightened… OK, maybe not straight away but it’s a start! Going vegan will have nothing but an incredibly positive impact on your life, the world and all that we share it with. If like me you’re rubbish at decisions, give your brain a rest from all the pressure of picking and choosing – read this post and realise that there’s no decision to be made, the only way is the vegan way!

Astonishing Environmental Benefits

If you care about this planet at all, the simplest and most significant step you can take is by going vegan. The meat industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change, with a typical pig factory generating the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people!

In America alone 260 million acres of forest have been cleared for land used to produce food… for livestock
This isn’t even including land used to rear the animals but just the land used to feed the animals that are eaten. The Environmental Protection Agency states that raising animals for food is the ‘number 1 source of water pollution’. A shocking 51% of global greenhouse gases are attributed to the raising of livestock which isn’t surprising when it takes 75kg of C2O emissions and 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger meat.

The farming industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change

Resources and World Hunger

Right now we have enough food to feed 10 billion people while there are only 7 million people in the world. So why are there still people dying of starvation on daily basis you ask? This is because so much food is fed to animals to be reared for human consumption. The food that is used to feed the livestock is actually more than the meat produced at the end! The average cow when slaughtered is 18-24 months old and the amount of food needed to raise the animal is far more than the cow will produce. More than 80% of grain and 95% of oats grown on this planet is fed to livestock, that’s enough to feed 800 million people. When every year more than 2.5 million children die of starvation, it must make you think ‘something’s wrong here?’. To make matters even worse, in developing countries 82% of children are starving in areas that are used to rear livestock which is shipped abroad for first world consumption. Isn’t sheer compassion for other humans enough reason for a vegan lifestyle?

For the Animals 

“Oh but they’re raised to be eaten so it’s okay”. Bollocks. The logic in thinking it’s okay to own a life, abuse it, then consume it is so wrong. Would you think the same of someone who did that with dogs or cats? The meat and dairy industry feed the general public an image of happy animals in fields but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. These animals are subjected to horrific conditions and abuse only to receive a savage death when they’re mere infants. These are living animals, they are intelligent, live in communities and feel emotion and pain. Over 60 billion animals are slaughtered every year for food. 60 Billion. That’s over 50x the population of china each year. Why is it okay to cause all this suffering just to fill our bellies?

Don’t eat Babe!

Do It For Yourself

If going vegan for the planet, humans and animals wasn’t enough, then do it for yourself and your own health. Meat eaters are twice as likely to get heart disease and cancer compared to those who have a vegan diet. Our health is invaluable and any steps that can be taken to increase our quality of life should be paramount. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are the most common chronic diseases in the western world and they are completely human-made. There’s no need to have an unhealthy, short lifespan because of an unhealthy diet.

It’s widely acknowledged by health organizations that animal products are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol, but fear not because a vegan diet can reverse type 2 diabetes! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans have lower rates of; cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes and Alzheimer’s. Go vegan for a longer, healthier life. 6 to 10 years longer than your average meaty!

Improve Your Fitness

Do you need any more reasons why a vegan lifestyle will benefit you? Vegans are the only group of people who average a normal and healthy BMI – the more animal products people eat, the higher their BMI. This is because animal products don’t contain any carbohydrates and are instead higher in fat. This consumed fat has more calories and is one of the main culprits behind THE BELLY! Vegan Body Builder, Robert Cheeke says,

 No matter what sport you’re involved in and no matter the level of performance you’re shooting for, you get the best nutrition and plenty of protein from a whole food, plant-based diet 
Look at all that vegan strength!

Cut Out That Bacteria

Not only is your risk of disease increased, animal products can harm your body in many other ways. Meals containing meat, eggs or dairy are commonly contaminated with E. coli, campylobacter, listeria and other dangerous bacteria that live in the animals intestinal tracts, flesh and faeces. There are 75 million cases of food poisoning each year, 5,000 of which are fatal. The USDA says that 70% of these cases are caused by contaminated animal flesh. Also the misuse of pharmaceuticals in livestock has resulted in a strain of antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria whose hormones can cause; cancer, gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) and obesity.

Boost Your Mood

People who lead a plant-based lifestyle have healthier mood-states partly due to the higher levels of antioxidants in plant-based foods. These antioxidants also mean vegans have less tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility and fatigue compared to people who consume animal products. Cutting the meat means you cut out all the stress hormones they produce in their life and on their way to be slaughtered. Doing this and replacing them with carbohydrate-rich foods which help regulate serotonin levels in the brain equates for a happier life.

Stop the Meat, Save the Money

You will save all of the monies! A vegan diet can save you so much money in the short and long term. A diet based on grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies is cheaper and all of these can be bought in bulk and stored to last. As well as this leading a vegan lifestyle can prevent and reverse your risk of lifestyle diseases so you’ll save money on your health in the long run.

It’s Never Been Easier

‘I don’t know how to eat vegan’, ‘I don’t know how to cook vegan food’, these arguments are completely void folks! It has never been easier to lead a vegan lifestyle with so many vegan products available and restaurants offering vegan options. From plant milks to vegan cheese, vegan snacks to vegan ready meals, not to mention the amount of chain restaurants that now offer a vegan menu.

What do you think of our reasons to be vegan? What are the most important benefits of a vegan lifestyle for you? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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6 Responses

  • This is a great article! I am vegetarian and teetering on the edge of full veganism – my downfall is butter! But you are right and I feel inspired to go that last push and start learning new recipies. I try to eat according to the micronutrient diet advocated by Dr. Fuhrman https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/library/articles/57/dr-fuhrmans-nutritarian-pyramid, and it basically recommends a plant-based diet with a focus on cruciferous vegetables. Since I started it I have hardly been sick. Travelling of course adds challenges and I am interested in foods I can have packed away ready in case I find myself with no food I can eat (has happened quite often!) So any tips welcome 🙂

    • Hi Jinpa 🙂 thanks for your feedback! Thanks for sharing, haven’t heard of the micronutrient diet so will check it out. It sounds very good if you’ve hardly been sick since switching your diet. We’re actually in the process of writing a post about vegan snacks on-the-go so watch this space! We’ll keep you updated once it’s up 🙂

  • Awesome article!
    When I started I went from eating absolutely everything to RAW VEGAN it was 5 years ago and it was the best time of my life in terms of health and fitness ! Then for unknown reasons I gave up. Now I am back on it fully determined to continue this way. Maybe not proprely row but 70 % raw. I love my sauteed mushrooms and my soups :). But it still a healthy leaving. Good job guys!
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    • Hey Isabella 🙂 thanks for your comment!
      Congratulations on making such a drastic change. My transition wasn’t so extreme as I was a veggie before going vegan and Josh was brought up veggie from birth. We made the transition to veganism together which I think made it a lot easier, and both being real foodies we’ve made sure we’ve never missed out on anything! I think veganism is the way forward as it’s a healthy and sustainable lifestyle which benefits you and the planet!

  • I love this article! I was wondering how do you guys stay vegan on the road. Right now that seems to be my biggest challenge. I find it hard to resist trying the local dishes and sometimes it’s just so hard to shop for vegan products on the road. Like right now im in a tiny place in the arctic where pretty much no restaurants serve vegan dishes. I did find loads of veggies in the (only) supermarket and even tofu but I can’t resist going out and eating with the locals. It’s such a dilemma with me right now
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    • Thanks for your feedback Claire! Unfortunately we don’t have any experience of being vegan on the road in the arctic…yet! Watch this space! In terms of being vegan on the road preparation is key, always have a bag of nuts, some bananas and apples to hand. Also getting creative, if you love eating out like we do as if the chef can prepare you dish without the meat, dairy and eggs! If you’re mingling with locals ask them what dishes are good locally for vegans or better still cook a meal with them!

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